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First Excerpt from Zahns Thrawn: Alliances Offers Interesting Canon Connection

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by SWNN Probe, Mar 23, 2018.

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    The official Star Wars site has released the first excerpt from Timothy Zahn's Thrawn: Alliances, the forthcoming novel offering a joint endeavor between the Grand Admiral and Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader. While that alone is an exciting prospect for Star Wars fans, the excerpt also offers an interesting canon connection which opens many interesting possibilities.





    In the excerpt, Palpatine has summoned both Darth Vader and Thrawn. He has a task for which both his servants are needed and which neither of them are thrilled about. Thrawn's recent battle of Atollon earned him Vader's contempt for letting the small group of Rebels escape, and Thrawn favors his TIE Defender project over the Death Star currently in development.



    Naturally, Palpatine wouldn't be Palpatine if his goals weren't layered: testing Thrawn's loyalty to the Empire and Vader's dedication to the Dark Side.

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    Batuu, the planet named in the excerpt, is the setting for Disney Parks' Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and is clearly the place where the Chiss had his encounter with one Anakin Skywalker, hinted at in Zahn's first canon entry Thrawn.



    This is how Batuu is described in Star Wars Databank:

    So not only we will learn about Thrawn and Anakin's adventure during the Clone Wars (where, according to the excerpt, they interfered with Palpatine's plans), but we will also get an insight into the planet setting of the Star Wars theme parks opening next year.



    One of my favorite canon novels, James Luceno's Tarkin also dealt with the relationship between two characters who had history with one another. Tarkin knew Vader as Anakin in the past and had to earn Vader's respect. Considering who Thrawn is, he will be able to deduce Vader's true identity, but I am most curious to see how their relationship will develop. Tarkin and Vader found mutual understanding and respect, but considering that Thrawn has a huge Force shaped blind spot (as seen in Rebels) and is much more strategic than Vader, I could see their relationship becoming quite contentious. We will see how that turns out on July 24th when Thrawn: Alliances is released.



    Are you excited, Star Wars fans?



    To read the entire excerpt, head over to official Star Wars site.





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    Nice cover of these legends.
     
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    Love it. Based off the excerpt, we're getting ANOTHER Awesomely Written novel from Timothy Zahn.
    There's seriously not one book written by Zahn that I haven't liked.
     
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    Now that is a damm fine cover shame it’s a SDCC exclusive.
     
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    WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE AN EXCLUSIVE??????? I hope we see more Thrawn outside of just the books and rebels. I knew of the character prior to rebels, but never dove into the books until recently and he has quickly become my favorite imperial character. I can't wait for this book to come out and I'll have to go back and read the Thrawn trilogy even if it's not cannon.
     
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    this is cool.

    but wait. does that make Thrawn Rey's mother?
    i'm having a hard time keeping up. XD
     
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    Mara Jade made Thrawn's outfit. Confirmed Mara Jade is now cannon and will be in episode 9. Millions of voices suddenly cry out in joy.
     
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